Well, this is awkward.
I’ve had MSFS since launch and I recently bought a bigger SSD. So, I moved the sim over to the new SSD using Windows’ move app feature, since this is the Microsoft Store edition of the title.
After moving it, I loaded it up to verify everything was in order and that was the case. However, after restarting my computer later on in the day, I launched the sim once again to find that it somehow now registered the base data as being uninstalled; as if this was the first time it was being ran. I pointed the installer to the main folder, which already had 100GB+ of data, but it still went ahead and redownloaded everything. After that was done, it loaded once again, and to my confusion, only two planes were in the hangar: the TBM and Cessna 172.
I checked the data folder and every plane that’s included in the base game and Premium Deluxe edition is present, but none are showing up in the sim. Also, there are almost no handcrafted airports showing on the World Map.
I decided to just start over: uninstall, delete the main folder, restart the computer and try again. I did that and left the sim downloading once more overnight. I just came back and same thing: only two aircraft (and even in the main folder there’s only two) and almost no handcrafted airports.
What’s the matter? I had zero problems when I installed the sim the very first time. I originally even had it on a hard drive and moved it to my main SSD after the first day with no issues. So, I don’t know what’s the matter now.